End Poverty

I need to thank Siggi with Viking Entrepreneurs Podcast for first, interviewing me about my journey so far and also for helping me with the new look and feel of StartupIceland.com website, blog and Community Platform. If you have not signed up you really should we are going to be talking about everything from building companies to…

#YouCanLearnAnything

This blog is motivated by an article that I read written by Sal Khan of Khan Academy. The summary of that article is that our brain and our capacity to learn grows when we struggle with a problem or a subject. Interestingly, when we encourage kids to struggle through problems, they get better at learning…

The 4 Way Test

I have been a Rotarian since 2007. The Rotary Club’s philosophy of “Service above Self” aligns very well with my own personal belief. In addition, it a great way for me to learn about various vocations and also to meet new and interesting people. If you did not know about the Rotary Club, here is…

What Startups Can Learn from Iceland’s Strong Brand Identity

Strategic planning and branding are integral to establishing a company’s identity and reputation in the marketplace it is targeting. Startups often neglect this extremely important area, focusing instead on more immediate needs such as getting their idea off the ground and securing enough funding to afford staff, gear and materials—completely valid. Experienced entrepreneurs will tell…

Getting Lucky – It is not random, it is a skill

Fred Wilson had a great post with the title “Get Lucky”. I could not resist writing about it. Startup Iceland 2014 speaker Liad Agmon gave a great talk about how he got lucky and this post reminded me of that talk. I meet a lot of people as part of what I do and I continuously try to…

StartupIceland.com and Blog to be revamped

I have been bootstrapping the blog and the Startup Iceland website. StartupIceland.com runs on GreenQloud, my favorite cloud platform, however the blog is hosted by WordPress.com. I have been able to hack and make this structure work, I think it is time I did a total revamp of the startupiceland.com website and the blog site.…

Founder Institute – Reykjavik Chapter

This fall we are kicking into high gear with Startup Iceland initiatives, I applied to lead the local chapter of Founder Institute in Reykjavik and I got accepted. I had to take a test, the same test that every wanna-be-entrepreneur takes when she/he applies to a Founder Institute program. I am looking for Co-Directors for…

Öryggisventill – An Icelandic Open Source Project that gives Power to the People

It has been a while since I posted, almost 2 weeks I took some time to think and ponder and be on digital sabbatical. I would say it worked about 60% of the time and in my case that is an improvement. Breaking the digital sabbatical with a guest post by one my friends and…

How to release the Currency Controls in Iceland

For those of us living in Iceland, the notion of living in a currency control regime that was instituted in Iceland after the financial collapse in 2008 is draconian. I understand why the currency controls are needed, to prevent capital flight to stabilize the fluctuations of the Icelandic Krona (ISK) and to ensure price stability…

Permission less Innovation

It is painful to watch the obvious play out in the US. I don’t know if you have been seeing what is happening with legislation and regulations around all the innovations that Entrepreneurs and Startups have been doing and how the incumbents have been coming up with resistance through lobbying and permission raj. The latest is…